ArmInfo.The next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Fund for Viticulture and Winemaking of Armenia with the participation of the Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia Artak Kamalyan was held.
As the press service of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia reports, during the meeting the Executive Director of the Fund Zaruhi Muradyan briefly presented programs implemented in the first half of 2019, as well as promising projects. Among the most important initiatives of the Fund, Zaruhi Muradyan pointed to projects to maintain collection and demonstration gardens and supplement them with local varieties. The necessity of studying the vineyards with potential but not used to expand the vineyards in the Vayots Dzor region of the country, as well as improving the quality of wine and assisting winegrowers and winemakers was also emphasized.
Zaruhi Muradyan also noted that the Fund helps winemakers demonstrate their products at a number of prestigious international exhibitions, including Prodexpo 2019, Prowein 2019, SCO International Investment and Trade Exhibition, La Grande Degustation De Montreal 2019, China International Import Expo 2019, <EnoExpo 2019, Krakow>, <Prowein Dusseldorf 2020> and others. One of the initiatives undertaken by the Foundation is the presentation and tasting of Armenian wines in Yerevan for diplomatic representatives accredited in the Republic of Armenia. Themed training videos are currently being prepared.
During the meeting, the issue of making amendments and additions to the Charter of the Fund was also discussed.
Earlier, ArmInfo, citing data from the RA Statcommittee, reported that in the first 7 months of this year, the volume of wine produced in Armenia accelerated the annual growth rate from 0.8% to 37.8%, amounting to 6.4 million liters At the same time, according to the RA Customs Service, in the first half of 2019, Armenia exported 1.3 million liters. wine, with annual growth of 16.5%, with a decrease in customs value by 1.5% to $ 4.3 million.
Traditionally, the main export market for Armenian wine is the Russian Federation (72.3%), followed by China (5%), Switzerland (4%), USA (3.4%), Poland (2%), France (1.8 %), Italy (1.5%), Ukraine (1.2%), Georgia (1%).